This was a pretty complicated one for me, living in the rust belt and never done this before. Just make sure that you have a Haynes manual by your side! Remember, this was done on a 95 Bronco. Your setup may vary.
There are many advantages to swapping an early Bronco Dana 44 into the front of a Wrangler YJ. The Dana 44 has larger u-joints, bigger ring and pinion, larger axle shafts (30 spline), beefy internal hubs, 5 on 5.5″ wheel bolt pattern, and good pinion placement. The Dana 44 also has more ring and pinion options than the reverse cut Dana 30 in the YJ. Lockers are generally cheaper for the Dana 44 since it is such a common axle.
Who in their right mind would take a perfectly functional 9-year-old Jeep YJ, rip out the entire undercarriage, and replace it with parts from a 25-year old Ford?
It’s been almost three years since the Early Bronco axles went under the Jeep’s springs. It only took a few days to get used to the way my YJ behaved with the spring over and everything else that had changed during that project, but one thing that always bothered me was the bump steer. That much lift had put such an angle on the drag link that I felt every pothole and speed bump as a tug on the steering wheel, and even accelerating and braking made the Jeep pull to one side or the other as the front springs compressed and extended. I got used to all this just fine, but obviously something needed to be done sooner or later. The other downside to the D44 upgrade was the loss of turning radius ‘ the combination of a dropped YJ pitman arm and the factory EB knuckles left me with fond memories of the (relatively) small stock YJ turning circle.